What you've been up to is rather heart warming and inspiring. Hope things continue to go well for you.
Not gonna lie, I had to do double take on the g string sentence. =X
Posted March 11th
by Dark Knowings
I’ve really liked your posts about the Peace Corps and Guatemala.
Posted March 15th
Wow! Sounds like an awesome experience, and you're really making a difference in those kids' lives! Hopefully you can make more friends before you return. Enjoy it while you can!
Around the world, English is seen as a gateway to success. But you don't need to research Shakespeare to be conversational in English. Children's books are great. But for some of your higher-end students, I suggest pointing them to these concepts:
**Rhetoric - Language serves a purpose, so it should be tailored to that purpose.
**Clauses and Linking - The phrase "Because she did this, that happened" has two clauses, and they're very clear. But a lot of English's more complex phrasing comes from longer or more clauses, so linking those clauses together becomes more difficult. But as long as you know how clauses and linking work, the complex stuff will be easy.
**Sound and Flow - I hate it when schools focus so much on complexity they completely forget the entire point of English is to communicate clearly. Succinctly. People in the real world don't hold Shakespeare to the same regard as professors. Once you've achieved clarity, good flow makes it smooth and easier to digest. Speech with flow sounds confident, stress-free, and eliminates the language barrier. Poetry and music can be a great way to show and teach this.
If your students can understand those three things and apply them to English, they will excel.
Posted March 18th
This feels like a life time ago. We are now being evacuated because of COVID19. I left my site yesterday with 2 hours notice. I was able to say goodbye to some of my family and friends. Waves of sadness and frustration hit me every few hours. I cried more yesterday than I have in the last decade.
Posted March 18th